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Networked Neighbourhoods

The Connected Community in Context

Purcell, Patrick (Ed.)

2006, XI, 430 p.

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The setting for this book is the networked community. The treatment of the subject matter is broad and interdisciplinary, with contributions from computer science, sociology, design, human factors and communication technology.

The chapter contributors, drawn from across Europe and North America, offer a varied prospectus of commentary, critique, sociological enquiry, technological development and research findings, which provides a rounded account of the progressive intermingling of social and electronic networks.

The contributors discuss the ways in which the Internet affects both familial and social relationships, communal and civic involvement, social capital and work patterns and lifestyle. Civic intelligence is presented as a nascent concept from which future social networks of increased public advocacy, scrutiny and action may be sourced. Other reported developments include agent-based community systems to model and support communal memory and social knowledge.

The opening section provides a purview of the broad scene covered by the book, followed by discussions about the current state of connected communities. Following this there are case studies illustrating the different aspects of research, both sociological and technological, in this area. The final part reports the variety and the scope of technology-mediated human-to-human communication in a connected community setting today.

 

 

Patrick Purcell is a Senior Research Fellow and Visiting Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, where he is a member of the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Communities - Community - Internet - Social Net - Social Network - Social Networks - ambient intelligence - communication - computer - digital - technology

Related subjects » Communication Networks - General Issues - HCI - Signals & Communication - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

List of Contributors A: NETWORKS & NEIGHBOURS Chap 1 : 'Networked Neighbourhoods: A Purview' - Patrick Purcell B: CONNECTED COMMUNITY Chap 2: 'Community Practice in the Network Society: Pathways Toward Civic Intelligence' - Peter Day and Douglas Schuler Chap 3: 'Social Networks & the Nature of Communities' - Howard Rheingold Chap 4: 'Community Informatics for Community Development: Hope or Hype?' - William Pitkin Chap 5: 'Knowledge and the Local Community' - Alan McCluskey Chap 6: 'Connected Memories in a Networked Digital Era : a moving paradigm' - Federico Casalegno Chap 7: 'Community and Communication: A rounded perspective' - Jennifer Kayahara C: THE RESEARCH IMPETUS Chap 8: 'Connected Lives: the project' - Barry Wellman and Bernie Hogan with Kristen Berg, Jeffrey Boase, Juan-Antonio Carrasco, Rochelle Côté, Jennifer Kayahara, Tracy L. M. Kennedy and Phuoc Tran Chap 9: 'The Impact of the Internet on Local and Distant Social Ties' - A. Kavanaugh, T.T. Zin, M.B. Rosson and J.M. Carroll Chap 10: 'The Magic Lounge: Connecting Island Communities Through Varied Communication Services' - Thomas Rist, Niels Ole Bernsen, Jean-Claude Martin Chap 11: 'The Digital Hug: Enhancing Emotional Communication Through Creative Scenarios' - Verena Seibert Giller, Manfred Tscheligi, Reinhard Sefelin, Anu Kankainen Chap 12: 'Ambient Intelligence: Human - Agent Interactions in a Networked Community' - Kostas Stathis, Oscar de Bruijn, Robert Spence, Patrick Purcell D: MEDIATED HUMAN COMMUNICATION Chap 13: 'Beyond Communication: Human Connectedness as a Research Agenda' - Stefan Agamanolis Chap 14: 'Presence: helping older people to engage with their local communities' - William Gaver, Jacob Beaver Chap 15: 'Enhancing Community Communication: the role of interactive displays in comparable settings' - Antonietta Grasso, Frederic Roulland, Dave Snowdon Chap 16: 'Serving Visitor Communities: AMediated Experience of the Arts' - Patrizia Marti, Gregory O’Hare, Michael O'Grady, Massimo Zancanaro, Elena Not, Alberto Bianchi, Mick O’Donnell

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